Monday, 31 July 2017

Shouldn’t we appreciate and thank those who risk their lives to stop snatch thieves and robbers?


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Shouldn’t we appreciate and thank those who risk their lives to stop snatch thieves and robbers?

It is sad that police have classified as culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 of the Penal Code against a student who rammed down a snatch thief who eventually died.

The student was just doing his part in stopping the tracks of a snatch thief. If the police think it is wrong, then it is discouraging Good Samaritans in Malaysia.

“What are the cops expecting from Good Samaritans? Go down on their knees and beg criminals to surrender peacefully?” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

He said the police seemed more concerned with charging Good Samaritans and those who risk their lives to stop criminals, like snatch thieves and robbers.

“What is the message the police are sending to the public? Don’t do anything to stop snatch thieves and robbers at the crime scene?” he asked.

Syed Razak said the police should not be treating Good Samaritans and those initiating citizen’s arrest as “criminals”.

“They should instead thank the public for stopping or taking down a scumbag in society,” he added.


Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said: “This student has stopped the tracks of a snatch thief. If this thief was not stopped, and in his next exploit injures or kill a victim, what then?

“Of course the public will blame the cops for lack of crime prevention or competency in stopping criminals! You want that to happen? You want the public to not lift a finger, turn and walk away?”

Syed Razak urged the police to review and reconsider its actions against Good Samaritans and those who risk their lives to initiate citizen’s arrest to stop criminals at the crime scene.

“There is already no doubt, at the crime scene, that the snatch thief or robber is as guilty as hell. So, why should the police come down so hard on Good Samaritans and those initiating citizen’s arrest?

“Again, I say this. The scumbags of society have only themselves to blame if they lose their lives while preying on their victims.

“Such scumbags of society are a threat to public safety and they do not deserve any sympathy. We have already read so often of such ‘tragedies’ befalling on snatch thief and robbers.

“And the police coming down hard on Good Samaritans and those initiating citizen’s arrest. The student rammed his car into the snatch thief on a motorcycle and the scumbag was killed.

“What’s the difference when the police shoots dead such scumbags? The student would not have known whether the scumbag was armed or not, right?”


With crime on the rise, Syed Razak said the police and the Attorney-General’s Chamber must review their stand seriously on how to treat “tragedies” involving Good Samaritans and those initiating citizen's arrest.

“If the public stops helping the police to rid society and communities of scumbags on the lurch, what do you think of the consequences?”

Here’s what The Star Online reported on the incident:

"Nation
Home > News > Nation
Sunday, 30 July 2017 | MYT 2:14 PM

Snatch thief dies after victim rams car into his bike in Serdang

BY FARIK ZOLKEPLI



The student quickly got into his car and pursued the suspect for about the 3km before he rammed the car into the suspect’s motorcycle near a traffic light.
SERDANG: A snatch thief died after his victim gave chase with his car and knocked him off his motorcycle in Seri Kembangan early Sunday.

It is learnt that the 25-year-old suspect had snatched a bag belonging to a Yemeni student who was having drinks at a mamak stall at about 3.30am.

The student quickly got into his car and pursued the suspect for about the 3km before he rammed the car into the suspect’s motorcycle near a traffic light.

Serdang OCPD Asst Comm Megat Mohamad Aminudin Megat Alias said the suspect died due to head injuries.

"He has records for assault, criminal intimidation and a drug offence.

"We have detained the Yemeni student, in his 20s, and checking his documents,” he said.

“We will apply for a remand order on the student to assist in investigations," he said.

The suspect’s body has been sent to Serdang Hospital for post-mortem.

The case has been classified as culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 of the Penal Code.
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

IMF reports global growth expected to rise to 3.5% in 2017, is the worse over?


IMF reports global growth expected to rise to 3.5% in 2017, is the worse over?
Malaysian manufacturers are expecting a stronger business outlook for the second half of this year following a more upbeat performance in the sector compared with 2016.

The million dollar question is: Is the worse over for Malaysia’s economy?

“Based on the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Economic Outlook in April 2017 the global economic activity is picking up with a long-awaited cyclical recovery in investment, manufacturing, and trade.

“And the IMF also reported that world growth was expected to rise to 3.5% in 2017 from 3.1% in 2016,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

“I believe that if the IMF’s report is accurate, not only Malaysia but the rest of the world will experience economic growth at some level or other.

“But, natural resources-rich Malaysia must take immediate fiscal and other measures to help boost economic activities. Only this will give Malaysia the chance and advantage to see faster growth than others,” he added.


Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said another important factor for Malaysia to ensure robust economic growth “is the business environment”.

“The ruling government must be stable. Malaysians must be united as one to foster a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors,” he added.

Here’s what was reported and posted by online news portal The Malaysian Insight:


"Malaysian manufacturers see positive second half for 2017

Looi Sue-ChernUpdated 4 hours ago · Published on 29 Jul 2017 12:48PM


A man wipes his face with his shirt against the backdrop of the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. The country’s service sector has eclipsed manufacturing as the main contributor to GDP. – EPA file pic, July 29, 2017.
MALAYSIAN manufacturers are expecting a stronger business outlook for the second half of this year than the first half of 2017, with better local sales and exports, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers said.

The optimism comes from a stronger performance in the sector for the first six months of the year, compared to the corresponding period of 2016.

“The business outlook recorded an increase in index value by nine points; while local sales and exports increased by two points and 7.6 points respectively,” said FMM president Dr Lim Wee Chai.

Manufacturing sales were up 13.8% (RM247 billion) in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year (RM217 billion), according to the Statistics Department.

From January to April, monthly sales rose from between 10.7% to 15.7% compared to the corresponding months in 2016. In May, sales also went up 19.5% to RM61.9 billion, compared to RM51.8 billion a year ago.

According to the FMM-MIER (Malaysian Institute of Economic Research) Business Conditions Survey on the second half of 2016, there were worries over weaker domestic sales that caused FMM members to adopt a more cautious outlook for the first half of 2017. The survey results were released in March this year.

“Based on preliminary feedback from the survey, the actual performance in the first six months of 2017 was weaker than the second half of 2016, with local sales and exports recording lower index values.

“But we expect exports to perform better (from now onwards) by sustaining the momentum gained from the past six months,” Lim told The Malaysian Insight recently.

Better global outlook

Lim also observed that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported in its Economic Outlook in April 2017 that global economic activity was picking up with a long-awaited cyclical recovery in investment, manufacturing, and trade.

The IMF reported that world growth was expected to rise to 3.5% in 2017 from 3.1% in 2016.

“The stronger global economic activity and expectations of a more robust global demand would have a positive effect on the Malaysian economy, especially in trade.

“Another contributing factor to higher export sales volume is the weaker ringgit, which fell about 6.7% against the US dollar in the period ending May 2016 vis-à-vis May 2017,” he said.

Smaller does not mean slowing down

Manufacturing, however, has been replaced by the services sector as the country’s main contributor to the economy.

According to gross development product (GDP) figures released by the Statistics Department, the services sector is now the main driver of the Malaysian economy. In 2015, it made up the largest share of the economy at 53.5% while the manufacturing sector only contributed 23% to GDP.

Investment figures from the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) have also shown that Malaysia recorded fewer investments in manufacturing last year (RM58.5 billion) compared to 2015 (RM74.69 billion).

For the services sector, investment numbers were more encouraging, with RM114.5 billion in 2015 and RM141.2 billion in 2016.

Revenue from the services sector in the first quarter of 2017 was at RM375.3 billion, up 8.3% from the corresponding period of 2016, according to the Statistics Department.

Penang Institute senior analyst Ong Wooi Leng said the smaller investments did not necessarily mean the manufacturing sector’s performance was on a “shrinking trend”, and should not be seen as a hurdle for the sector’s growth.

She said it was a global trend in advanced economies too, like Singapore, which registered a US$15 billion (RM64.25 billion) drop in foreign direct investment last year. – July 29, 2017. - TMI
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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Malaysia Airports! Are you learning from Changi?


A peek inside Changi's Terminal 4
 Malaysia Airports! Are you learning from Changi?

To say the least, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, KLIA1 and KLIA2 are all out of date.

The least they can do now is to learn from Singapore’s Changi International Airport management on how to innovate and develop with the times to maintain or sustain its standards.

“For five consecutive years, Changi has been billed the world’s best airport. And it is now about to unveil its Terminal 4 (T4), an automated terminal,” Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

He said T4 reportedly features facial recognition technology to fast-track the check-in and boarding process, and art installations designed to reduce travel stress.

“In several previous blog postings here, I have stressed the need for the federal government to prepare Malaysians for the future, in both education and skills raining.

“Parents must also change their mindset about their children’s future. We have more than enough doctors and lawyers. We need more innovative human capital to forward Malaysia in Information Communications Technology, robotics and all other science and electronics engineering fields.


Syed Abdul Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), asked: “Is our Education Ministry doing enough to keep up with the times to produce quality, innovative, skillful and competent human capital for Malaysia’s future?

“Also, the brain drain is adding to Malaysia’s human capital woes. No?”

“Without the required quality and innovative minds of our human capital, Malaysia would not be able to perform like Changi. We will just be playing ‘catching up’ forever,” he added.

Here’s what was reported and posted by The Star Online:

"Tech News
Home > Tech > Tech News
Thursday, 27 July 2017 | MYT 6:00 AM

The world's best airport unveils its newest automated terminal


Terminal 4 is the latest development out of Changi Airport, which regularly tops best-of lists. — AFP Relaxnews
Singapore Changi Airport, titleholder of the world's best airport for five consecutive years, has unveiled its newest terminal featuring facial recognition technology to fast-track the check-in and boarding process, and art installations designed to reduce travel stress 

Spanning 225,000 sq m across two floors, the biggest selling point for Changi's Terminal 4 is its automation.

After checking in at the automated kiosk where they receive their boarding pass and baggage tag, fliers proceed to the baggage drop-off machine which is equipped with facial recognition technology to match the bag that's being dropped off with the passenger.

Singaporean citizens and permanent residents will be able to breeze through immigration using the automated immigration gate. The boarding process will also be automated, reducing interaction with airline and airport staff.

The terminal's interior, meanwhile, takes inspiration from Singapore's national flower and is meant to evoke the orchid petal.

To a soundtrack of originally composed, classical music, a moving sculpture of Petaclouds suspended from the ceiling is meant to calm and mesmerise travellers.

Likewise, a digital wall showing Singapore's skyline, landmarks and an animated clip about screening suitcases has been strategically installed at security to distract tired and stressed-out travellers.

A boulevard of 160 ficus trees and other assorted plants, along with high ceilings and skylights are also meant usher in as much natural daylight as possible.

Terminal 4 is the latest development out of Changi Airport, which regularly tops best-of lists. This year, it was named the world's best airport for the fifth year in a row at the World Airport Awards.

The Asian hub is expected to raise the bar again in 2019 when it opens the Jewel Changi Airport, a mixed-use terminal complex currently under construction.

Features and attractions include the world's tallest indoor waterfall at 40m tall, a five-storey indoor rainforest, glass-bottom bridge, hedge maze and mirrored labyrinth. — AFP Relaxnews
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Here's a link to more visuals and features at T4:

http://mashable.com/2017/07/25/terminal-4-singapore/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link#ObDOWytWZsqM 

FLASHBACK … Hundreds of air travellers were stranded after the Aerotrain service at KLIA malfunctioned. — Photo courtesy of Twittter/Karina Abd Karim


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不要放弃希望成为大马公民!

11名获得大马公民权者大合照

不要放弃希望成为大马公民!

大马公民权申请者被要求不要放弃希望成为大马公民。

在民政党公民权特别专案小组的协助下,一位106岁的申请者获得公民身份感到非常激动和高兴。

“永不放弃,始终要有信心,因为有许多申请者经过50至60年的时间才获得公民身份,“民政党全国主席马袖强说。

他也是种植及原产业部长表示,民政党承诺继续努力,帮助每一位符合条件的申请者成为大马公民。

他说:“这是两年前在与正副首相进行讨论之后,我们的专案小组成功地第5次发出大马公民权批准信。”

“专案小组的首要任务是协助华裔年长者(70岁以上)获得公民资格。我们也受到某些方面的批评。

“为什么不呢?他们已经长久性间接为国家贡献。我们应该感恩和多加关心老年人,不要放弃他们。”

然而马袖强表示,专案小组也将尽可能地帮助无国籍儿童和其他人尽快获得公民身份。 

他补充说:“目前70岁及以上申请者的调查及批准公民身份的过程已由两年缩短至两个月。”


马袖强推展脸书专页以协助公民权申请。其左为刘开强和刘博文。

马袖强是于2017年7月13日在焦赖民政党总部颁发大马公民权批准信于11名申请者,马氏也推介了以中文为媒介语的“大马公民权指南”(Panduan Permohonan Kewarganegaraan Malaysia)脸书专页,以协助指导申请者获得公民权的正当程序和咨询相关事宜。

专案小组副主任刘博文,也是第14届大选民政党派出参选N.22 莲花苑州议席候选人说,至今已有423名申请者已经获批准。

他说:“迄今我们已经收到了1600名申请。这个专案小组每月都会举行会议,成员来自民政党,内政部,警察和国家登记局的官员。”

民政党吉隆坡联邦直辖区主席刘开强,也是第14届大选民政党派出参选彭亨吉打里州议席候选人,他也是该专案小组的领导人。


民政党副议长赛阿都拉萨是民政党第14届大选武吉兰樟州议席(N.37)候选人,呼吁仍然持有红登记的华裔浏览脸书专页,并与专案小组联系以寻求协助。
 












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Friday, 28 July 2017

At least 22,000 Malaysians who are worse than animals ‘roaming the streets’



At least 22,000 Malaysians who are worse than animals ‘roaming the streets’

It was just plain shocking when it was revealed in Parliament that 22,000 children had been abused since 2010.

That makes it about nine children a day being abused in Malaysia from 2010 to 2016.

“What sort of adults have Malaysian parents raised?” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff asked.

He said it was obvious that something had gone seriously wrong in the way Malaysian parents had been raising their children and in the education system.

“So, who do we blame for this growing community of “animals”? Parents and the state for failing to educate our children to grow up to be caring, decent, responsible and loving humans.

“As I had blogged previously, the fault lies in the failing and inadequate education system. The Education Ministry must take immediate action to seriously review its curriculum to suit the times.

“And, importance must be given to civics and moral education that needs to be treated seriously as a subject. Various related professionals, like educators and psychologists, must be roped in by the ministry to brainstorm and come up with a viable and more effective teaching programme,” he added.


Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said the federal government had in fact taken a significant step in a related issue.

“It tabled for first reading amendments to Legal Aid Act 1971 for legal companion to provide necessary aid and assistance for children who are victims of any offences,” he added.

“Now that there is going to be a law to help abused children, will the Education Ministry treat this issue more seriously and take immediate measures to come up with a more effective education curriculum to help reduce the number of abusers who are worse than animals?” he asked.

Here are two news reports posted by online news portal Free Malaysia Today on the two issues:

"22,000 children sexually abused since 2010

Minderjeet Kaur

| July 27, 2017

Dewan Rakyat is told that about 60% of these cases involve rape, the highest number being in Johor, with Sabah having the highest incidence of incest cases.

DEWAN RAKYAT

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 22,134 children were sexually abused from 2010 to May this year, with over half being victims of rape, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim revealed that of the sum, 13,272 were cases of children being raped, constituting 59.7%.

This was followed by 6,014 (27.04%) incidents of children being molested, 796 cases (8.07%) of incest and 1,052 cases involving unnatural sex.

Rohani went on to reveal that the highest number of rape cases involving children occurred in Johor, with 2,089 cases recorded. Selangor recorded 1,052 cases of children being molested, while Sabah recorded 263 cases of incest.

“Most of the victims were girls ,” she said during question time at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Rohani was replying to Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR-Ampang) who had asked for statistics on child abuse cases involving sexual and non-sexual cases according to state, gender of victim, offenders as well as relationship between the victim and the offender from 2010 to 2016.

As for non-sexual cases, a total of 2,244 physical abuse cases were recorded during the same period.

Rohani said her ministry worked with various agencies to implement various measures to carry out advocacy programmes.
Provision for legal companion for child victims tabled

Minderjeet Kaur

| July 27, 2017

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman Said tables amendments to Legal Aid Act 1971 for legal companion to provide necessary aid and assistance.

DEWAN RAKYAT
KUALA LUMPUR: The amendments to the Legal Aid Act 1971 tabled for the first reading today, seeks to provide legal companion services for children who are victims of any offences.

The amendment sees several new parts introduced in this Bill.

In Part I-A, it states that legal aid services are offered in criminal cases, civil actions, legal advice, mediation and legal companion services.

The services are only offered to Malaysians.

In Part V-B, it states that a person is qualified to make an application to the director-general of legal aid for a legal companion service.

The applicant must be a child who is a victim of an offence and still a child at the time of the proceedings in court.

The third new part is under the fifth schedule that states that “all sexual offences against a child” is provided in any written law.

The bill was tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said, who was reported to have said last week that the amendments will enable underage victims of sexual crimes and their family members to get access to legal advice from the Legal Aid Department and lawyers approved by the department.

She said that the amendment would allow for legal officers from the department to act as the legal companion in giving the necessary aid and advice to the victims in accordance with the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.

“The proposed amendment to the Legal Aid Act 1971 follows the government’s efforts to introduce the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 and the newly-established Special Child Sexual Crimes Court,” Azalina said.
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act? Really? Why then are we paying RM2 for a cuppa?


Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act? Really? Why then are we paying RM2 for a cuppa?

Bravo! The amendment to the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act bill has been tabled for first reading.

Wait! Not so fast! So, what good will it do?

“We already have the law but has anything changed for the better for consumers?” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff asked.

“If the Act had any good, why is it that we are paying between RM1.80 and RM2 for our cuppa now in our plain and traditional coffee shops in the Klang Valley?”

He said there would be some who asked why not complain about the prices of coffee and tea in Starbucks, Coffee Bean, Gloria Jean and others, including Old Town White Coffee?

“Well, that’s another cup of tea, my friend. For the rich and filthy rich. We are talking about non-air-condtioned coffee shops and hawker centres that are frequented by the poor and middle income Malaysians,” he added.

Really, how much is the cost of a cuppa? Be it black or with milk.

Syed Razak, who s Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said coffee shops and hawker centres were the biggest “profiteering” culprits.

“At the slightest excuse or opportunity, they raise prices without caring a damn. It has come to a stage where consumers should protest and boycott ordering of drinks in a coffee shop or hawker centre.

“Just order food. What can the coffee shop or hawker centre operator do?” Problem, call the police. We have the democratic right to order what we want and what we don’t want.

“Tell that to the food hawkers who rent space at the coffee shop or hawker centre,” he added.

This was what was reported and posted by The Star Online:

"Price control, anti-profiteering bill tabled for first reading

Bernama
July 26, 2017

Amendment to Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act includes new section that requires display goods or services to include govt taxes and additional charges.

DEWAN RAKYAT


KUALA LUMPUR: The Price Control and Anti-Profiteering (Amendment) Bill 2017, aimed at promoting transparency in the display, advertisement, publication or quotation of prices and charges, was tabled for the first reading in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

The bill, tabled by Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Henry Sum Agong, among others, includes a new section that seeks to require any party to display goods or services offered, to display all government taxes and other additional charges.

The amendment also seeks to empower the authority to direct any person who supplies or offers to supply any goods or services to provide relevant documents or information containing the charges imposed by the person.

The bill also provides that any corporate body that violates the provisions of the new section shall be liable to a fine of up to RM100,000, while for second or subsequent offences, a fine of up to RM250,000.

For individuals who contravene the regulations, they shall be liable to a fine of up to RM50,000 or imprisonment for up to two years and for the second or subsequent offences, a fine of up to RM100,000 or imprisonment for up to five years, or both, if convicted.

Henry had also tabled the Trade Descriptions (Amendment) Bill 2017 for the first reading yesterday, aimed at requiring persons registered under the Goods and Services Tax Act 2014 to comply with the guidelines that have been issued in relation to the display of price tags.
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Exempting Malaysians from TTx is a perfectly right decision


 Exempting Malaysians from TTx is a perfectly right decision

It’s a relief that the federal government, namely the Tourism and Culture Ministry, has relented to the public outcry and concerns, and made a U-turn to not impose tourism tax (TTx) on Malaysians.

It is also a relief to hoteliers and other tourism industry-related players that the TTx has been lowered to a flat rate of RM10 on all hotels for tourists.


Even homestay operators have also been exempted from TTx.

“This is great news. It shows the federal government can respond positively to the grouses of Malaysians and review an issue that affects a large section of Malaysians,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

He said the federal government had, at least on this issue, relented to the discontented voice of Malaysians.

“I had also blogged on this last month, urging the federal government to exempt Malaysians from TTx” he added. (https://bukitlanjan.blogspot.my/2017/06/bukit-lanjan-ttx-is-burden-to.html)
 


Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said: “As I had stated in my blog post last month, it is plain ridiculous to impose TTx on Malaysians.

“Many Malaysians, especially the rural folk, go to the cities and stay in hotels for various valid reasons. If given a choice, they would avoid staying in hotels.

“They come to the cities for job interviews, they come to seek medical treatment with the company of their loved ones … how can the federal government burden Malaysians with TTx?” he asked.


Syed Razak said the federal government had made an absolutely right decision to exempt Malaysians from TTx.

“Imposing TTx on foreign tourists is the prerogative of the ruling government,” he added.

Here’s what themalaymailonline reported and posted:

"MALAYSIA


Nazri: Malaysians exempted from paying Tourism Tax

BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIID

Wednesday July 26, 2017
12:07 PM GMT+8



Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz says the government will impose a RM10 flat rate from five-star to zero-star hotels for foreign tourists, and Malaysians will be exempted from the tax across all classifications of hotels. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 ― Malaysians will not need to pay the Tourism Tax which will be implemented on August 1 as it will only apply to foreign tourists, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said today.

The Tourism and Culture minister said that foreign tourists will be charged a flat rate of RM10 per night and per room for all types of hotels and accommodation.

“We will impose a RM10 flat rate from five-star to zero-star hotels for foreign tourists, and Malaysians will be exempted from the tax across all classifications of hotels,” he said in Parliament this morning.

He was responding to a question from Anthony Loke (DAP ― Seremban) on plans to standardise the tourism tax rate and whether locals would be exempted from paying it.

“The tourism tax that is to be implemented soon will not have any major (negative) impact on tourist inflows considering the ringgit is low at the moment compared to the US or Singaporean currencies,” he said.

Nazri said that tourism sectors in countries that imposed tax on visitors actually recorded healthy growth.

“The tourism tax implemented in countries like Singapore in 1973, the United States in 1987, Thailand in 1992, Japan in 2002, Holland in 2007 and Italy in 2015 proved that in the long term it can contribute to the positive growth to the tourism sector,” Nazri said in his reply to Loke.

“Based on WTO (World Tourism Organisation) record the (tourism) performance of the respective countries have not been affected at all but instead got better due to their ability to finance improvements in facilities and infrastructure for their tourism sector,” he added.

According to Nazri, countries like Singapore, Thailand and Japan saw their tourist inflows increased 24 million to 29 million, 11 million to 13 million and 13 to 19 million respectively from 2014 to 2015.

The Tourism Tax, passed in Parliament earlier this year, was set to be collected from this month but later postponed to August 1.

Initially the charges have been set at between RM20 and a lowly RM2.50 a night, depending on the hotel rating.

The new tax drew criticism, primarily from budget hotel operators out of fear that it would push tourists towards rental platform operator Airbnb.

In response, the government then announced an exemption for Malaysians who stay at hotels rated three-stars and below.

Nazri said today the Attorney-General Chambers and the Royal Customs Department are in the final stage of preparing the last technical details of the tax collection system.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is scheduled to make the announcement soon, the minister added. - themalaymailonline"





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